Buddy Up and Be Fit!
Buddy Up! We recommend finding a friend or family member to partner with to become fit and remain fit. Having another person to walk with or bike with often makes all the difference. Having a buddy to join you to shop for food and prepare meals together makes finding recipes more interesting and trying new dishes together. Give it a try and call someone today to join you to bike to Boston GreenFest!
Yoga: Yoga is a great way to stay in shape while also relaxing the mind. Boston GreenFest 2014 will have demonstrations on yoga for kids and adults. having a buddy to go with makes it more fun!
Martial Arts: There are many places to learn martial arts around Boston and this is a great way to stay fit as well as develop good self-defense mechanisms. Boston GreenFest featured Kung-Fu demos by Yang’s Martial Arts Association last year. This year there will be tai chi demonstrations by Huan Zhang. Huan comes from a long line of practitioners and tells us that Tai Chi and Qi Kung (breathing) can make it easy on your joints, improve your balance and flexibility, energize your body, refresh your mind, increase your concentration,and enlighten your spirit.
Ride a bike: If you bike it to Boston GreenFest, there is a place to park. Boston Bikes and Hubway: Part of the Mayor's vision for a vibrant and healthy city, this city department seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Visit cityofboston.gov/bikes for more information.
Parks & Recreation: You don't have to waste gas to drive to a park in order to get the most out of the outdoors. The Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in more than 2,200 acres of park land throughout the city. Many parks have free circuits designed to act as an outdoor gym; there are walking paths, bike lanes, hiking trails and more! Visit cityofboston.gov/parks for more information.
Arti Patel wrote in the Huffington Post Canada: The key to keeping up with a workout routine could just be about staying accountable to someone else. "You are more likely to stick to a program if you have someone motivating you in the background and waiting for you to show up," says Cheryl Pattyn, personal trainer and owner of Positive Image Fitness, based in London, Ontario.
Just like investing in a personal trainer or gym membership, finding an exercise partner is about finding someone who will support and share similar goals with you.
Research has shown people who work out together are more likely to stick to a fitness class. One study from Michigan State University found that after dividing women into three groups (exercising alone, with virtual partners and exercising together), women who had partners were more persuaded to keep up with the exercise, according to Mnn.com. And a recent University of South Carolina study found people who tweeted about their weight loss goals and intentions were more likely to be successful.
Other studies push even further, pointing to the advantages of finding someone who is, to put it bluntly, better than you. According to a 2012 study by Kansas State University, people who exercised with someone who was "athletically superior" to them were more likely to exercise harder and longer, according to Mensjournal.com.
Pattyn also adds working out with another person makes exercising fun and challenging.
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